Enron. WorldCom. Bernie Madoff. These are just a few of the names written on the Wall Street Wall of Shame. Cheaters and Ponzi schemers to the last. In light of the stock market’s tendency towards sliminess, it should be no surprise to anyone that the middle class is has been bailing out on their stock holdings since a high water mark only a few short years ago.

Middle class average income has run into a brick wall. Education and health costs relative to income has reached the stratosphere, and to a larger extent than we can recall in recent memory, the middle class has decided to ditch the idea of upward mobility, saving, and in a growing number of cases, working at all.

One area where we’re really noticing a behavior change is in equity ownership (that’s stocks in case you were wondering). As recently as 2002, 67% of American households owned a piece of at least one publicly traded company. By 2011 that number had declined to 54%, with the largest decline seen in the middle class.

While columnists hither and yon continue to devote millions of pixels to a thorough chewing of the issue, at JasonHartman.com we are less concerned with why this massive chunk of society has decided to disengage from many of the traditional economic processes and eschew the stock market, than with stepping in with an alternative. Make no mistake, the stock market is a bad deal for the average investor. Administrative and transaction fees as well as a chronic case of inflation combine to drag whatever profit might have been realized down to anemic levels.n households owned a piece of at least one publicly traded company. By 2011 that number had declined to 54%, with the largest decline seen in the middle class.

The truth is we personally haven’t invested in the stock market in a very long time. Our founder, Jason Hartman, realized during his college years the near miraculous profit potential of income property investing when compared to the rigged game of equities. Since then, he has developed an innovative system that teaches anyone who’s interested how to replicate his extraordinary success. If the twin ideas of creating wealth and reaching the land of financial independence hold any interest to you, the only real choice left is real estate.

Gold is shiny and a better investment than a fistful of stock certificates, but nothing holds a candle to history’s best investment – the land beneath your feet. While no one can rebut the fact that the American middle class is fleeing Wall Street and traditional economic participation in droves, who can blame them? Under the embarrassing leadership of current and recent politicians and bureaucrats, our country is a basket of rotting fruit. (Top image: Flickr | Timmy)

The Jason Hartman Team

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